One of the first all-ambient releases on Monotonik in quite some time, this 3-track EP from relatively undiscovered Japanese artist Akira Kosemura is a beautifully naturalistic drift through what sounds like field recordings twinned with sweet sine waves melodies - reminiscent of anything from Lackluster at his most ambient to fellow Japanese Monotonik releaser Sabii.
Thus, we have three delicate treats to enjoy - firstly, 'Forest In The Morning' has a repeated motif and an almost sepuchral tempo, but overall sounds like the trilling of nature happily at work. Following up, 'June' is definitely all about life in the forest, with woodpeckers, and calm, and wonder. Finally, the cutely named 'Catnap' strays almost into Brian Eno territory, with shimmering lakes of sound, and bass wandering in to shake your convictions and restore your happiness, all at once.
Overall, a most appetizing debut for Kosemura (who thanks friend Yuma Saito for the cover image to the EP), and the start of what we hope will be a glorious summer for all Monotonik listeners. And try to relax as much as these tracks do, OK?
August 31, 2006 Subject:
Reviewed on Gratisvibes.com
Ambient music doesnât get more relaxing than this. The pure tone melodies that Akira Kosemura comes up with are a joy to listen to. Kosemura-sanâs music also fits the Brian Eno description of ambient music being âas ignorable as it is interestingâ. The simple structure of most tracks will lure you in to explore the harmony of all the sounds when taken as a whole. Youâll most likely find this album enjoyable whether youâre paying attention to the minutiae of sounds as you explore the ambient soundscapes or just leaving it to play in the background.
A meditative track with a gorgeous sample of flowing water. Percussion comes in the form of hitting on a wood block. Simple rhythms meld smoothly with ambient noises to create a tune that you donât mind listening to over and over again. It just makes me think of how simple things can be so complicated as I tried to grasp in my mind, the tone and shape of the flowing water sample.